OBJECTIVE: We present two infants with holoprosencephaly and clefts of the primary palate, who developed nasal airway obstruction due to a previously undocumented cause: a ball-valve-like action of a rudimentary premaxilla, which was extremely mobile on a soft tissue stalk. In such patients, the importance of intranasal examination to identify a rudimentary premaxilla, in order to preserve it, and if necessary, surgically stabilize it, is illustrated.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal|
|Publication status||Published - May 2001|
- Airway Obstruction
- Oral Surgical Procedures
- Case Reports
- Journal Article